When people think of cosmetic dentistry, they might think about procedures designed to completely change the look of their smiles. But cosmetic dentistry doesn’t always lead to a completely changed smile. Sometimes, it focuses on small improvements that have a big impact.
With a simple, non-invasive treatment like dental bonding, our dentists at Eastgate Dental Excellence can correct small imperfections like chips, broken teeth, cracked teeth, and discoloration in addition to filling in gaps between the teeth or enhancing the appearance of a misshapen tooth. Additionally, dental bonding can treat minor oral health issues like filling cavities and treating tooth sensitivity.
What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding material is made of composite resin, a type of hard plastic available in a wide range of shades designed to match the color of any patient’s teeth.
What to Expect at a Dental Bonding Appointment
During your dental bonding appointment, the first step is to match the shade of resin to your teeth. One of our dentists will select a color that blends seamlessly with your enamel.
We then use a small tool to apply the composite resin to your tooth and sculpt it artistically into the desired shape or to match your natural tooth.
Finally, our dentist will cure the composite resin material using a special light that helps it set and harden in minutes.
Is Dental Bonding Painful?
Getting dental bonding is non-invasive and usually pain-free. Some patients might have sensitivity due to exposed dentin or nerve roots in the case of chipped teeth, broken teeth, or cavities (when bonding is used as a filling).
In these instances, we will apply a local anesthetic to ensure the area is thoroughly numbed, so you don’t experience any discomfort during your dental bonding appointment.
How Long Will Dental Bonding Last?
With proper care, dental bonding can last for more than 15 years. It’s important to note that chewing on hard objects like ice, grinding your teeth, clenching your jaw, or having a missing adjacent tooth puts extra wear and tear on dental bonding and can shorten its lifespan.
Learn More About Addressing Your Smile Concerns With Dental Bonding
If you have a small issue with the appearance of your tooth or tooth sensitivity, dental bonding just might be the perfect solution for you. To find out if dental bonding or another cosmetic dentistry service could help you improve the look of your smile, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at Eastgate Dental Excellence today.
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